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Bandarawela Hotel

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  • About this holiday

    The Bandarawela Hotel promises traditional colonial style and charming original features. The hotel has a quiet and welcoming appeal, perfect for those looking to relax after days spent hiking, exploring the local tea factories or cultural sights. Guests will enjoy the historic character of the property, dating back to 1893, as well as the charming restaurant. A good choice for a short stop in a delightful hotel in Tea Country as part of one of our longer touring holidays of Sri Lanka.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a twin room 
    £1,130 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Bandarawela hotel offers the chance to step back in time – a quaint colonial hotel with a friendly feel, and a chance to witness Sri Lankan hill town life.

    Hotel description

    The charming, colonial Bandarawela hotel is set in 6 acres of land in the centre of the bustling hill town of Bandarawela. This is a journey to the top of the highlands, a land of strawberries and tea, and mountain mists. The location of Bandarawela Hotel enables you to experience Sri Lankan town life then step back into the hotel’s tranquil colonial surroundings, indulging in afternoon tea in the garden or sinking into comfy sofas in the lounge.
    A great deal of care and attention has gone into maintaining the original features of the Bandarawela Hotel, keeping much of it exactly as it was when the hotel opened in 1893. A pool table sits proudly in one of the two bars whilst historic photos and fascinating books can be found in the comfortable lounge. The restaurant oozes historic charm, serving classic colonial set menus and using vegetables from their own organic vegetable garden whenever possible. There are 32 standard rooms and a suite, arranged on two floors around two courtyards, most with twin beds although there are a few king-size bedded rooms. It is relatively cool up here – from about 12 to 20 degrees Celsius, so blankets are provided at night. The facilities at Bandarawela Hotel are old-fashioned and ‘no-frills’, presenting some challenges with plumbing and power supply, yet well-preserved and maintained. Their ‘green’ credentials are impressive.



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Open all year

    Distance from airport

    About 6 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    Number of rooms 33.
    All with En-suite bathroom with bath and shower and toiletries, Fan, IDD Telephone, TV with local channels only, Hairdryer, Room service.
    Most of the rooms are twin-bedded. If you want a large double bed, request one of the 4 rooms with a king-size bed.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Bandarawela Hotel include: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge with library, Pool table, Chess, Monopoly and Caram, Internet/email, General safe at reception, Laundry service

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to Bandarawela Hotel are the hill town of Bandararwela, Bandarawela railway station, Scenic rail journeys, Tea factories and estates, Adisham Monastery, Lipton's Seat, Ella Gap, Dowa Temple, Nuwara Eliya (47km/2 hours drive), Hakgala Gardens, Sita Eliya Temple, St Clair's Falls, Devon Falls, Horton Plains, Golf in Nuwara Eliya, Uda Walawe National Park.
    Trekking is available nearby.
    Special events: Bandarawela Esala Perahera procession in June

    Sports nearby


    The hotel has high chairs for children and children's menus available. Two cots are available, and there are also some interconnecting rooms.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    There are two rooms equipped for guests with special needs. Ground floor rooms are wheelchair accessible.


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